Join the James Renwick Alliance for Craft in Washington DC for our 2024 Spring Craft Weekend, "Earthly Delights," where we will celebrate awe-inspiring wonders and exquisite contemporary craft. Whether you're reveling in the stunning natural environment at the Caucus Day lunch, savoring locally sourced delectables during the Gala, or enjoying breathtaking sunset views from from the rooftop at our after-hours gathering, the weekend will surely be a delight. Embrace the enchantment of "Earthly Delights" as we revel in the beauty that surrounds us and honor those who bring it to life through contemporary craft.
CAUCUS DAY: CULTIVATING CRAFT COLLECTIONS
Friday, May 3 | 12:00-2:30 pm | 2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church VA 22042
$255/Caucus Member | Free for Patrons
Meander by the Koi fish and waterfalls to 2941 Restaurant where craft collectors will share their journey of cultivating, caring for and donating their stunning collections over a delectable lunch.
Attire is business casual. On-site parking is available.
GROUNDED IN CRAFT: HONOREE SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, May 4 | 10:00am– 12:30pm | McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum | 8th and G Streets, NW, DC, 20004
Free and open to the public
Attend the Spring Craft Weekend Symposium featuring talks with our esteemed honorees Masters of the Medium Marilyn Pappas, Beth Lipman, Steven Young Lee and Distinguished Educator Susie Ganch, followed by a Q&A panel.
Casual attire. Limited on-street parking at meters; several paid parking garages are available in the neighborhood. We recommend entering on G Street to access McEvoy Auditorium.
FLORAL AFFAIR: A GARDEN GALA
Saturday, May 4 |5:30pm - 9:00pm | American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Ave NW, DC 20009
$405/person | $100/person for After Hours Only | Free for Patrons
Join us for a magical evening celebrating craft and community, and our esteemed awardees. Please your palate with seasonal flavors during a multi-course dinner, where we will present awards to our 2024 honorees and our One-of-a-Kind awardees Jerry and Gwen Paulson.
Gala guests and after-hour attendees enjoy sunset city views as we conclude the evening with a sparkling rooftop toast and a dessert buffet.
Floral inspired attire encouraged. Parking details to come.
SPRING CRAFT WEEKEND BRUNCH
Sunday, May 5 | 11:30am - 2:00pm | Brasserie Liberté
3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
$245/person | Free for Patrons
Join fellow Craft enthusiasts in the heart of Georgetown for a delectable lunch to conclude our Spring Craft Weekend. You will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about the impact of our 2024 Spring Craft Weekend honorees and celebrate Spring Craft Weekend.
Semi Casual attire. Parking details to come.
Susie Ganch is a sculptor, jeweler, and educator at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is head of the Metal Program and Associate Professor. She is the founder of the Radical Jewelry Makeover, a pioneering project in jewelry mining and recycling that spans across the country and internationally. Ganch's work is rooted in issues of waste and cultural consumption. In 2023, JRACraft purchased her piece "Drag" for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.
MASTER OF THE MEDIUM
Fiber artist Marilyn Pappas delves into ideals of the human form and beauty through her life-sized embroidered textiles and three-dimensional stitched forms. In 2022, her remarkable 60-year career was celebrated with a retrospective at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. Her work can be found in the collections of the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, among others.
MASTER OF THE MEDIUM
Beth Lipman is best known for her glass still-life installations which symbolize the grandeur of the Anthropocene. Her work seeks to reimagine history and highlight the fragility of the present alongside the enduring persistence of life. Lipman has received various awards such as the USA Berman Bloch Fellowship, and the Pollock Krasner Grant. Her work has been acquired by numerous museums including the Corning Glass Museum in New York, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.
STEVEN YOUNG LEE
MASTER OF THE MEDIUM
Steven Young Lee served as the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Center for Ceramic Arts for 15 years and is currently the Director Emeritus and Special Projects Manager. Lee has maintained an active studio practice and has lectured extensively in North America and Asia. In the Fall of 2016 he was one of four artists featured as part of the Invitational at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. His work has been collected by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, and many public and private collections.
GWEN AND JEROME PAULSON
This year, Spring Craft Weekend will honor Gwen and Jerome Paulson for their significant contributions to JRACraft. They joined the organization in 1987, with Jerome assuming the role of president from 1989 - 1991. During his presidency, our well know Caucus Membership was founded and we hosted some of our earliest trips. Gwen has spent her time as a dedicated volunteer for JRACraft hosting dozens of Spring Craft Weekend honorees, and organizing events. The couple, avid glass and wood enthusiasts, have not only shared a passion for collecting but have also played a crucial role in the formation of the Alliance. This year, we proudly recognize and celebrate Gwen and Jerome for their enduring commitment and their impactful contributions to our JRACraft community.
Join us at the Gala as we honor the truly one of a kind!
If you can not join us, consider supporting JRACraft by making a donation in honor our awardees.
Ronald & Anne Abramson
Anne Mehringer & Terry Beaty
Janice & Harvey Berger
Sharon & Bob Buchanan
Ana Maria Castro & Bragi Valgeirsson
Karen & John Fagelson
J.G. Harrington & Jere Gibber
Diane & Marc Grainer
Ruby Lopez Harper
Robert & Arlene Kogod
Mickey and Steven Kurzbard
Jacquelyn Urow & Tom Lynn
Sandy & Norman Mitchell
Gwen & Jerry Paulson
Rebecca Ravenal & Stephen Costello
Susan & Fred Sanders
Rebecca & Gary Stevens
Kathryn Van Wyk
Ginat Mirowski & Stephen Wintermeyer
Patrons list is updated weekly